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Continued growth in tribal wealth marks 20-year milestone

The wealth of Ngāi Tahu continues to grow, 20 years on from the settlement of our claim with the Crown, with a net profit of $126.8m achieved for the year ended 30 June 2017. The strong profit growth of Ngāi Tahu Holdings has enabled a direct distribution of $49.6m to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu which…

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Building success

Being able to say he built a house was something Adam Lord would not have dreamed of when he signed up to He Toki in 2011. But this year working for McKenzie Builders, Adam has officially completed his first build. While Adam (Ngāi Tahu, Tuwharetoa, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) had been…

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Connecting Ngāi Tahu whānau to grow our iwi capability

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is proud to announce the launch of Te Pou Here – an exciting new tool to grow iwi capability and lift the horizon of opportunity for whānau members – wherever you are in the world. Te Pou Here refers to the mooring post and stems from “te pou here takata,…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi feel the wairua

The recent success of the Kotahi Mano Wawata Rakatahi Symposium reveals the rising number of culturally competent rangatahi who are hungry for forums to celebrate and connect with their Ngāi Tahutanga. To have over 100 rangatahi contributing In bilingual workshops marks a significant milestone for Kotahi Mano Kāika, which ran the symposium in Ōtautahi from…

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Warming the Nohoaka Toi

In early September a group of Ngāi Tahu artists came together to occupy Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Ōtautahi and create the first major group showing of contemporary Ngāi Tahu art in 14 years. By creating an exhibition based on the principles of a nohoaka, the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts…

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Ngā Hau e Whā
From the Editor

This year marks 20 years since the signing of the Deed of Settlement, a defining moment in a journey of over 150 years, which brought an end to the pain and struggle of a grieving people. And with this closure came a new beginning, with $170m plus add-ons in the bank and a newly formed organisational structure to manage the settlement. However, in celebrating this milestone, it is important to reflect on where this last part of the journey began – the lodgement of the claim some 11 years earlier.

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From the CEO

Recently I met the 20 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi preparing to head off on the trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley. The room was buzzing with chatter until they all broke into a waiata rendition of Manu Tiria. Meeting these rangatahi took me way back to a similar experience as a 13-year-old. The only difference was that we were preparing to head to Wellington to visit Parliament and our waiata was the Anglican school hymn. Roll forward many decades and our young people are international travelling ambassadors for our iwi.

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Whenua

Otago Harbour Ōtākou was the name for a channel that ran down the eastern (southern) side of the Otago Harbour from the mouth to Harwood Point, past the whaling station site and main Māori villages. Aramoana ran down the western (northern) side through to Port Chalmers. Today the name Ōtākou specifically refers to the small…

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Ka hao te Rakatahi
Wai ora – we need to do better!

Nā Nuku Tau In light of the 20th anniversary of the Settlement of the Ngāi Tahu claim, I thought it relevant to write on another issue Ngāi Tahu faces in terms of rights and property – water. Water is the most precious resource on Earth, and I think everyone can agree we don’t value it…

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